Past Local Events

These are some of the events that have recently been held in and around Glastonbury and publicised by Pilgrims.

PRC Talk ‘An Alchemical Journey’ with James North

Session 3: ‘The History of Alchemy – Mother of Chemistry and Key to the Inner Realm’.
What actually is alchemy? ‘An Alchemical Journey’ is a series of 6 stand alone themed talks that will introduce us to this fascinating subject. Alchemists have always drawn inspiration from great Masters of the Art. Many of these were experts in medicine, science or theology as well as masters of physical and spiritual chemistry. In this third talk James introduces the lineage of alchemical adepts and students, from Hermes Trismegistus to Sir Isaac Newton. By looking at their lives and teachings we can begin to make our own connection with the tradition.

PRC Talk ‘Mysterium Artorius: Arthurian Grail Glastonbury studies’ with Paul Weston

A series of self-contained but connected presentations from the book Mysterium Artorius.
Session 1: ‘British Music’.
An exploration of the way that landscape influences the psyche of poets, artists, mystics and how the Arthurian mythos is fundamentally linked to the charisma of places like Glastonbury and Tintagel. Featuring Dion Fortune, Vaughan Williams, Edward Elgar, Rudyard Kipling, and John Cowper Powys, and the theme of perpetual choir.

‘The Mystical Inner Life of Carl Jung’ – A talk by Gordon Strong

Although an academic with a strict religious upbringing, Jung readily embraced the mystical element in himself and others. He believed the inner life was as essential to the individual as the conscious world. By delving into personal and universal myth, he followed his own soul’s journey.

Commemoration of the death of Richard Whiting

November 15th 1539 is generally held to be the day on which the last Abbott of Glastonbury, Richard Whiting was executed for alleged treason. On this day we commemorate him within the town.

Glastonbury PLG ‘Bring your Rainbow with you!’ – A talk by Kim Moore-Cullen

Kim will demonstrate how living images from your own system can be obtained in real time using an auto in motion camera, and how this may be used in spiritual development and wellness.

RBB Talk – Polly Higgins on her new book, I Dare You To Be Great

Polly Higgins new book, I Dare You To Be Great, explores Polly’s quest as she reaches out across the world inviting in greatness from all she meets. Her book paints a vision of a world where greatness can flourish within each and every one of us.

PRC Talk ‘The Passing of the Flame – Dion Fortune, W.E. Butler & the Way of High Magic’ with Ian Rees

Session 2: ‘Entering the Kingdom – Taking the first step’.
‘The Passing of the Flame’ is a series of 8 themed but standalone talks taking the major themes of Dion Fortune’s work and exploring them as expressed through the work of W.E. Butler and Tom Oloman. This second talk addresses the movement between the world of fragmentation and disconnection and making the first steps in embodying the experience of the living Tree of Life. It will consider Ernest Butler’s approach to the beginnings of occult training and the Sefirah Malkuth.

Glastonbury PLG ‘Yoga and Christianity’ – A talk by Salvatore Zambito

Most Westerners have familiarity with Christianity in its various forms, but Yoga, while having a 5,000 year history, only came to us in the 1890s. Join Salvatore and explore the foundations and principles of Christianity and Yoga. Discover if we actually find conflict or complement.

RBB Talk – John Foxe’s Book of Martyrs by Dr Roberta Anderson

The purpose of this paper is to examine why and how so many of the female martyrs of the Reformation period differ so convincingly as these did from the Protestant norm, which saw women in subjection to man, undergoing as they did a liberation from the constraints of Tudor society and the Roman Church.

PRC Talk ‘An Alchemical Journey’ with James North

Session 2: ‘What is Alchemy? An Introduction to the Teachings of Alchemy’.
What actually is alchemy? ‘An Alchemical Journey’ is a series of 6 stand alone themed talks that will introduce us to this fascinating subject. In this second talk James considers what is the alchemy which the great alchemists studied and practiced? This session will provide a clear and simple introduction to the sometimes mystifying words and symbols found in old alchemical manuscripts, with hints on how to use this teachings for inner spiritual work.